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Soap Nation Live! with Michael Fairman Set For Premiere On February 13th!

BlogTalkRadio, the world’s largest social broadcasting platform, in conjunction with noted veteran soap opera journalist Michael Fairman, announced today the launch of a  new live interactive Internet radio series Soap Nation Live! with Michael Fairman that will debut on Thursday night, February 13th!

The monthly hour and a half show will originate Thursdays starting at 10pm EST/7pm PST, and feature prominent in-studio and call-in special guests, cast members, and movers and shakers involved in the hottest network daytime and primetime soap operas and web series. Hosted and produced by Michael Fairman, during each broadcast Michael will bring his brand of engaging chat, entertaining and lively interviews, humor, and soap knowledge.

Listeners can tune in at: blogtalkradio.com/soapnationlive Each live episode is also available as a downloadable podcast via blogtalkradio.com and iTunes. Fans can also listen live as the episode streams at Michael Fairman On-Air On-Soaps www.michaelfairmantv.com

Soap Nation Live! with Michael Fairman will give soap opera fans the opportunity to call in and ask their burning questions, share their point of view with each broadcast’s special guest about their latest storylines, the hottest topics, and/or the latest controversy. In addition to exclusive interviews with the biggest stars of the genre on each episode, one lucky fan will have their very own “Soap Intervention”. Another will get to  test how well they know their favorite soap character against the actor who plays them, and Fairman. Plus, the series plans on featuring signature guest segments that will take a look at the biggest soap moments each month, and the naming of the standout performances from your favorite soaps!

On his return to hosting a live online radio series, Fairman offered up, “It’s an exciting time in the soaps. All four daytime dramas have received renewal pick-ups from their respective networks. The primetime soap operas continue to be popular, and are having a renaissance; and some of the most creative work is being done by beloved favorites of the genre on the web. With that said, I felt strongly that this was the time to launch a new series that hopefully will be become a listening destination and extension of the soaps for the most avid of fans!”

So will you be part of Michael Fairman’s Soap Nation and tune-in to the new show?  Let us know!

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Ricardo
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Ricardo

great news, I will listen congrats michael fairman. We all love you here, in canada. I live in vancouver bc. my boyfriend and I love you michael, you do a wonderful job, in giving us, the scoop on our soap operas. Best of luck michael, we will tune in.

Deb V.
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Deb V.

Will you ever do interviews with Sharon Case?

su0000
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su0000

ahhhsome!

cool, kewl, cooooool !!

I will eagerly listen

Rodd
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Rodd

Best wishes for a very successful run!!! Will be listening….and who knows, maybe even participating. :0)

4everDAYS
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4everDAYS

Of course I will listen!!!

heidi
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heidi

Congratulations Michael!!! Great news… have missed your podcasts!!! Have missed your hangouts!!! Can’t wait… you are the best… wish it were more often than monthly… but happy you are back on with us!!!

Scott (ATWT Fan)
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Scott (ATWT Fan)

I will be listening and calling in! I cannot wait for this to launch! You’re fantastic Michael!

Iakovos
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Iakovos

Count me in! I enjoyed Fairman’s occasional podcasts and those weekly shows related to TOLN but… well…

Anyway! This is great news. The more broadcasters, cablecasters and streamers hear the passion we have for daytime drama then perhaps the genre can maximize this resurgence after a decade of cancellation carnage. I still dream daytime will have new dramatic programming in the future. It is too important a daypart to plaster with repetitive chat show chin music, lame reruns, dismal court shows, and derivative rehash.

Let’s talk about it, Michael!

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Michael B. Jordan Recalls His Acting Start as All My Children’s Reggie in SNL Opening Monologue

Last night, Michael B. Jordan hosted Saturday Night Live.  The Creed star, who is the director of the upcoming Creed III due out in March, took to the stage to deliver his opening monologue, and right off the top he mentioned his beginnings as All My Children’s Reggie.

Jordan portrayed Reggie from 2003-2006 on the ABC soap opera (his character was eventually adopted by Jack Montgomery).

When Michael hit the stage, he shared: “Yesterday, I had a crazy full-circle moment. We pre-shot some videos for the show and when I got to the studio I realized it was the exact same place where I shot one of my first acting roles on the soap opera All My Children.

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He then tossed to a clip of his 16-year-old self in which Reggie says, “sometimes the animal in me gets kind of crazy” and then howls life a wolf at the end of the scene. Back to the SNL stage, Jordan said mockingly, “I’m pretty sure I hit puberty mid-howl.”

Jordan ended his monologue by looping it back to his early acting days on AMC, sharing: “I just want to say, I’m so grateful to be standing on this stage. Sometimes, I can take myself a little too seriously but tonight, I’m going to have fun, I’m just going to go for it. And maybe, just maybe let the inner animal get a little crazy.”

Watch Michael’s opening monologue below.  Then let us know, what did you think of the the AMC Reggie clip reference? Do you recall Michael’s days on the ABC daytime drama series? Comment below.

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NBC Celebrates Carol Burnett’s 90th Birthday with Retrospective Special Featuring Susan Lucci and More Celebrity Guests

The beloved Carol Burnett will get the star-studded affair treatment for her 90th birthday when NBC airs Carol Burnett: 90 Years of Laughter + Love.

The two-hour special career retrospective will air Wednesday, April 26 at 8 p.m. ET/PT and will stream the next day on Peacock. The special is set to be filmed at Avalon Hollywood in Los Angeles.

The evening will include musical performances from Bernadette Peters, Billy Porter, Jane Lynch, Katy Perry, Kristin Chenoweth and more.

Special guests include: Aileen Quinn, Amy Poehler, Bill Hader, Bob Mackie, Cher, Ellen DeGeneres, Julie Andrews, Kristen Wiig, Laura Dern, Lily Tomlin, Marisa Tomei, Sofia Vergara, Steve Carell, Tracee Ellis Ross, Vicki Lawrence, and many more.

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One very special guest for soap fans will be that of Susan Lucci (ex-Erica Kane, All My Children).  As everyone knows, Carol Burnett was a huge fan of All My Children and Lucci, and eventually got a part written just for her when she appeared not once, but three times throughout the daytime drama’s run on ABC as Verla Grubbs.  The character turned out to the daughter of Langley Wallingford (the late Louis Edmonds).  Burnett appeared in Pine Valley in 1983, 1995, and 2005.

In a statement on the big soiree’, Burnett shared: “I’m so excited NBC decided to throw me a birthday party and invited all of my closest friends. I can’t wait to look back at so many wonderful moments throughout my career, I feel so lucky to share this night with everyone.”

“This special is going to be the best party ever,” said Mark Bracco, executive producer and president of Silent House Productions. “It will be an evening of music, comedy and dozens of big stars paying tribute to the one and only Carol Burnett.  We look forward to everyone at home celebrating right along with us.”

Viewers will see some of the funniest and most memorable moments of Burnett’s legendary career including moment from the acclaimed sketch comedy series The Carol Burnett Show.

So, looking forward to the special honoring Carol Burnett’s legendary career? Hope they bring up her role as Verla on AMC? For now, check out this scene featuring Carol, Ruth Warrick (Phoebe) and Louis Edmonds from All My Children, and let us know your thoughts in the comment section below.

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TONIGHT: AMC Alum Jonathan Bennett in Hallmark’s First LGBTQ+ Led Rom-Com ‘The Holiday Sitter’

In Hallmark’s first holiday movie offering featuring a same-sex love story at its epicenter, Jonathan Bennett (ex-JR Chandler, All My Children) not only stars, but is the project’s executive producer.  And, on Sunday night, when The Holiday Sitter premieres at 8 p.m. EST, it’s a big deal.

After much outcry for Hallmark’s Countdown to Christmas programming block to be more inclusive, the channel is now poised to be on the right side of history.

The set-up of this ‘meet-cute’ rom-com goes something like this: Sam (Bennett) who is a workaholic has to ditch his Hawaiian holiday plans when he is asked to watch his sister’s children (his niece and nephew).  However, when Sam becomes overwhelmed, he gets a helping hand from his sister’s neighbor, Jason played by George Krissa. And within a blink of an eye, Sam and Jason find they are both unattached and attracted to each other, and Christmas becomes a lot brighter for the two of them.

As for Bennett, he previously appeared in Hallmark’s 2020 film, The Christmas House which was the channel’s first holiday movie to include a same-sex storyline. He later returned to that role in last year’s sequel The Christmas House 2: Deck Those Halls.

Bennett told USA Today on tonight’s milestone Hallmark holiday tale: “What’s so special about The Holiday Sitter is that it’s the first time we’ll see two men meet-cute and fall in love at Christmas. We tell a story that’s really important, so people that are watching it feel seen when they watch it. But just like Christmas is for everybody, The Holiday Sitter is for everybody… It just happens to have two men as the lead.”

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Hallmark Media’s Executive Vice-President, Lisa Hamilton told Deadline: “We felt that it was time for a story with a gay couple. We are really trying to make it so that everybody sees themselves when they tune in. We are trying to stay true to the Hallmark brand values, one of which is inclusiveness. It’s a true of Hallmark cards, which has a card for every kind of occasion. In the past, there was a focus on one particular kind of love story, and I think everybody thought, ‘wow, we’re not telling the whole story here.’”

The timing of The Holiday Sitter comes after Candace Cameron Bure received much backlash for her sentiments when she told the Wall Street Journal that the Great American Family network in which she stars in several of their holiday films, will “keep traditional marriage at the core” and never do stories/movies featuring same-sex couples.

Check out a preview for The Holiday Sitter below.

Now let us know, what do you think of the Hallmark Channel finally featuring a gay love story for one of its holiday films? Will you be checking out the landmark movie? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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